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College track and field: Fechner sets UMD 800 mark

Athletes from UMD and St. Scholastica were competing to notch qualifying standards for NCAA competition.

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ST. PAUL — Cole Fechner of Minnesota Duluth lowered the school record in the 800-meter run on Wednesday at the Tommie Twilight, one of four Bulldogs who competed in hopes of logging a time that might qualify them for NCAA competition.

Fechner (La Crescent, Minnesota) finished in 1 minute, 51.76 seconds to re-set a 12-year-old mark. Teammate Christian Leonard was second in 1:52.03.

Isabelle Brezinka and Haleigh Reindl competed for UMD in the women's 800, with Brezinka winning in 2:10.01, a personal best, and Reindl taking second in 2:12.89.

St. Scholastica sent eight athletes to the meet, including Samuel Eben Ebai, who lowered his own school record in the 200 meters from 21.85 to 21.75.

Calvin Boone was second overall and top collegiate finisher in the men's 5,000, finishing in 14:33.22, while Christopher Jacklen (Virginia) nabbed a top-three finish with a throw of 41.33 meters.

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